Set on 10 acres in the beautiful Catlins, our garden has been evolving since we moved here in 2007, started madly planting what was then mostly bare paddocks, and we've not stopped yet.
Our focus has always been on looking after wildlife, with insects in particular, and raising awareness of how vital these little guys are to the planet. With this mission in mind, and with tongue firmly in cheek, we have developed Earthlore as not just a garden, but the setting for a variety of fun activities for children and adults alike, including Bug City garden - full of fun signage from a bug's perspective, the Food Forest - where you can also play a round of mini Frisbee Golf (like mini-golf but less serious), the Great Orlando's Magical Flea Circus Puppet Show, the insect conservation habitat, our on-site & online shop selling earth-friendly gifts, and friendly tui, bellbird, donkeys, sheep and geese to meet.
While most of the planting decisions are made by Janine, who has a passion for gardening and a background in horticulture, it's Gordon who has a keen interest in bugs and has even created an alter ego called Inspector Insector and written a book full of insect mysteries for children. It is also Gordon's quirky sense of humour and art background that can be seen in the colourful signage around the garden.
The garden is spread over 10 acres (4 hectares) of gently sloping land and is the setting for a variety of fun activities.
129 Hinahina Road, Owaka, The Catlins, NZ 9586
Only a few minutes from Owaka township on the road to Jack’s Bay